ty·​ran·​no·​sau·​rid tə-ˌra-nə-ˈsȯr-əd How to pronounce tyrannosaurid (audio)
: any of a family (Tyrannosauridae) of large bipedal carnivorous theropod dinosaurs of the Late Cretaceous in North America and central and eastern Asia having forelegs reduced in size and including the tyrannosaur

Examples of tyrannosaurid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And studying its relationship with other tyrannosaurids – like Alioramus, Daspletosaurus, and Teratophoneus – helps scientists understand the diversity and evolutionary history of this group. Jake Parks, Discover Magazine, 20 Dec. 2023 Mouthwear in crickets was compared with that of tyrannosaurids. Lisa Wells, Harper’s Magazine , 13 Mar. 2023 Known as Teratophoneus curriei, this massive fossil cast depicts a tyrannosaurid that was first discovered in Utah just a few years ago. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 22 Mar. 2023 But… There is a big difference between a tyrannosauroid like Yutyrannus and a tyrannosaurid like T. rex. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 6 June 2017 In 2015, a study of tooth marks on fossils showed that the bones may have served as a toy for a tyrannosaurid more than 65 million years ago. Marta Zaraska, Discover Magazine, 16 May 2017 Researchers reconstructed Timurlengia by combining its fragmentary fossils (shown in red) with bones from other, closely related tyrannosaurid species (in white). Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 20 Dec. 2016 The animal’s cheekbone also had an oval shape in cross-section, unlike other closely related tyrannosaurids. Jared Voris, National Geographic, 10 Feb. 2020 However, there is evidence that tyrannosaurids, like the T-Rex, suffered from gout and that iguanodons may have had osteoarthritis. Katie Hunt, CNN, 13 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History


New Latin Tyrannosauridae, from Tyrannosaurus

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tyrannosaurid was in 1966

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“Tyrannosaurid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tyrannosaurid. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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